What is ENERGY STAR?

New Yorkers and other Americans have been working with energy providers like IDT Energy to reduce energy use and increase savings. Many people are told to purchase ENERGY STAR appliances, or to look for Energy Star seals.

What does this mean?

According to EnergyStar.gov, Energy Star is a “joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy helping us all save money and protect the environment through energy efficient products and practices.”

The site adds that “results are already adding up. Americans, with the help of ENERGY STAR, saved enough energy in 2010 alone to avoid greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those from 33 million cars- all while saving nearly $18 billion on their utility bills.”

Message from IDT Energy CEO Geoff Rochwarger

Geoff Rochwarger, CEO of IDT Energy, recently posted an important message to the company’s customers and their families. He said:

“Hurricane Sandy, the storm, is now behind us. However, our customers, friends and families will be feeling the impact of this catastrophic event for the coming weeks and months. I would like to take just a moment to recognize the efforts of all the women and men who worked tirelessly before, during and after the storm to keep all of us safe and secure…

Our business is founded on the principles of giving back to the communities we serve. In this spirit, we are pleased to pledge $50,000 to the American Red Cross. $25,000 donated immediately with an additional $25,000 to be donated by IDT Energy on behalf of our customers over the next two weeks.”

 

IDT Energy Donates $50,000 to American Red Cross

IDT Energy recently announced a donation of $50,000 to the American Red Cross hurricane relief efforts. Many of IDT Energy’s customers, which include residents and small businesses in New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Maryland, were devastated by Hurricane Sandy and her aftereffects. Now, the company hopes to give back to those in need.

CEO Geoff Rochwarger explained:

“In the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, vast areas of unimaginable destruction are being broadcast on television and online. It is of the utmost importance to all of us here at IDT Energy that our customers get back to their everyday lives as quickly and as safely as possible. Our hearts go out to anyone, anywhere, impacted by this physically and emotionally traumatizing event.”

IDT Energy Brings Power to Your Door

Have you ever thought about how important electricity is in the world we live? In today’s world we almost take electricity for granted, but if you try and imagine what the world would be like without electricity, you would be startled to know that life as we know it today would be virtually impossible. Another astounding fact is that it has not even been 150 years since Thomas Edison created the first practical electric light bulb in 1879.

IDT Energy is one place where New Yorkers go to get their electricity, helping to power today’s lifestyles.

Heat Saving Ideas for the Winter from IDT Energy

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In our last post IDT Energy discussed ways to get the heat into your house in a cost saving manner, such as exposing your home to daytime sunshine, lowering your thermostat and installing a programmable thermostat.

Here are some ideas on how to keep the heat you’ve paid so dearly for to stay inside where it belongs:

  • When is the last time you checked the insulation in your attic? How about your ceilings, exterior walls, basement walls, crawl spaces and floors? Make sure the insulation is adequate for the climate that you live in. New York can have extremely harsh winters, and good insulation can make a huge difference in your heating costs.
  • Check for air leaks around windows and doors, then use caulk and weather stripping to seal them.
  • Be sure to replace the filters on your furnace regularly to keep the warm air flowing into your house efficiently.
  • IDT Energy wishes you and your family a wonderful warm winter in New York.

Switch and Save with IDT Energy in New York

Now that New York State is de-regulated for the supply of natural gas and electricity, substantial savings on your energy bill with IDT Energy is just a phone call away.

While Con Edison remains the company which delivers your power, New York customers can switch to IDT Energy for their supply of electricity and natural gas. When consumers do this, they can get great rates and seasonal discounts without having to pay a sign-up fee or any other fee, even if they choose to cancel.  Switching to IDT Energy requires no long-term commitment: you can cancel at any time for no cancellation fee.

Whoever your local utility might be, Con Edison or any other, they will continue to read your meter and send your bill, and service any problems you may have.

If you sign up to receive your energy through IDT Energy through the Switch and Save Program, you do not pay sales tax or gross receipts tax on the delivery of your natural gas and electricity.

Find out what other ways you can save by switching to IDT Energy.

Keeping Cool in New York this Summer with IDT Energy

Summer’s coming and IDT Energy wants you to think about saving on your electric bill. We all know that summers in New York can be challenging when it comes to staying cool, so here’s a simple summary of the basics of saving energy, and keeping cool, too.

It’s always important to keep in mind that there are two aspects to saving, efficiency and conservation:

Conservation refers to how you use energy; do you only use exactly how much you need, or do you leave lights on when you’re not in a room, or let the water run when it’s not in use. Recycling would also come under the category of conservation, because whenever you don’t need to use resources, for instance if you can use paper, glass or plastic over again, you have conserved the resources that would have been needed to produce new paper, glass or plastic.

The other half of the saving equation relies on energy efficiency. This often refers to how well a machine or appliance, such as an air conditioner or refrigerator, turns energy into the form that you need it, such as turning electricity to cold air. Efficiency can also be increased using insulation and other mechanical ways of focusing or directing the effect you want to the place that you want it. For instance, if you want to cool off your living room you can increase the efficiency of your air conditioner by closing curtains to keep out excess sunlight and heat, and closing doors to keep in the cold air. In this way your air conditioner does not need to work as hard to produce the same cooling effect.

IDT Energy wishes you a cool summer in hot New York!

IDT Energy is YOUR energy company

IDT Energy is one of the leading private Energy Service Companies. IDT Energy started with the deregulation of the energy industry in NY State, offering the best prices and a top quality product that offered the many homeowners the chance to make major progress with their energy consumption. IDT Energy offers all the traditional energy products, and like other ESCOs, the existing infrastructure of the Utilities company is utilized for the ESCO’s service, so moving to IDT is simple and easy.

Aside from the cost benefits of the energy itself, as well as the improved service, IDT Energy is committed to Green Energy – IDT Energy cares for the environment as much as it does for your pocket! Currently, IDT Energy has hundreds of thousands of satisfied customers throughout New York State.

All your gas & electricity needs together with your financial and environmental concerns are addressed by IDT Energy.

IDT Energy, New York, Curitaba and the Green Connection

New York does not need to reinvent the wheel when it comes to creating a greener environment. In Curitaba, Brazil an ongoing experiment in urban planning to maximize green space and minimize waste of resources has been going on. In the early 1970s, when Brazil was welcoming any industry, no matter how toxic its by products, Curitiba admitted only non polluters; it constructed an industrial district that reserved so much land for green space that it was called a “golf course” by its detractors until it succeeded in filling up with major businesses while cities in other Latin American countries were in the doldrums. Through the creation of two dozen recreational parks, many with lakes to catch runoff in low-lying areas that flood at times, Curitiba managed to increase its green areas from 5 square feet per inhabitant to an amazing 560 square feet. The city promoted “green” policies before they were fashionable and called itself “the ecological capital of Brazil” in the 1980s, when there were no rivals for such an honor. Today, Curitiba remains a pilgrimage destination for urbanologists who are fascinated by its bus system, garbage-recycling program and network of parks. It is the answer to the question: How would cities look if urban planners, not politicians, took control?

New York City, in partnership with IDT Energy should lead the way in utilizing safe, clean energy generation, responsible use of resources, intelligent use of green energy and cost savings for its citizens. This will insure that New York continues to influence worldwide trends throughout the 21st century and beyond.

IDT Energy and New York:Bringing Green to the City

New York City, the vibrant hub of international commerce, art and fashion during the 20th century must set its goals on maintaining its status into the 21st century and beyond. IDT Energy recognizes that as the demands of an increasing population and decreasing space continues, the city will need to explore new ways to save energy resources such as electricity and gas and find other methods of energy generation, such as green energy production. To maintain the high level of satisfaction with living in New York it will also be necessary to maintain, if not increase the green space it’s citizens now enjoy.